……cause Red is the color………….










A King is born to England.  King George…….how adorable!

Red is back in style for fall……………Did it ever really go out of style?

Look how amazing Kate looks here in a classic Red Suit.  Add a black turtleneck, some black accessories, and so chic it is!















Speaking of chic…….have you ever seen this photo?

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Diana is absolutely glowing! As you can see, both princesses can easily look fabulous in red. Simple, no jewelry, no bangles………just RED!





Even though I don’t really wear red, I do have many items throughout my cabin that are RED.




























I just don’t wear it.

That said, I have decided that this fall season, I will purchase red sandals, a red scarf, and a red handbag.  That is going to be my contribution……..my salute to red.




I am going to start by getting this red tote bag.

Isn’t it fabulous?











I love these shoes…..you get some bang for your buck, and they are actually pretty comfortable to wear.  With the platform, it makes it a bit easier to strut your stuff!  And the snakeskin is so perfect!  Yes please!









How about a pair of Rain boots in Red?  Love this nautical look and may just have to take it to Florida in the fall.  Why not…..now let’s see……red cardigan anyone?







This is just perfect.  A splash of color to layer over most anything.  Stripes, plaids or a simple white equipment silk blouse. Done!







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I admit, I would welcome one day a week of chilly weather in Florida, so I could wear this big chunky  Dior scarf.

Love the look……..Perfect for a Chicago gal!




Is that a set of buck horns on the outside of that egg basket?  What?!?!?!?

I need this for Northern Wisconsin…….the guys will go wild!

Love it!!!! Must have it!!!





I know, I am all over the board here, but just take a look at how fabulous Whitney looks here in this lace get up, with the rockin’ red booties!   She was so gorgeous!

And that girl could SING!  Loved her.  Red, and Lace, both a trend this fall……..well, how could I pass up the opportunity to show what a true, classic beauty she was?






When I think of Red Leather, I have several picks………Here are just a few……….

The first one is definitely a bit more forward, the middle of course is a perfect layering piece to wear from desk to dinner.  The third one is cute with shorts, jeans, white, black, you name it!  That would be my choice, just a little red biker, sans the shorts.







Today is July 28.  The middle of summer.  12 noon.  54 degrees.  Here up North in Wisconsin anything goes.  So I think I will break out my favorite red Hudson Jacket, and head out to do some antiquing.





I saw a gorgeous red plaid blanket that I passed on last week. Think I will go back and see if it is still there!




Wherever you are, enjoy the weather! See you next week…..xoxo Joyce




Put some spunk in your punk!


Punk Fashion is making a comeback!!

I figure I’d better get on a feature story in the next few minutes, because that is about how long it is going to last………


















I am not lying to you when I say…….”If I could just get my hair to look like this, I would wear punk fashion everyday.”  Even her short boots look a bit punky, don’t they?

So sorry to my closet clients, who threw away the short pointed booties, after I instructed them to do so…………whoops!

At least you still have the big leather tote in there right????

















This is a look that I would be comfortable in.

A pair of green jeans that I already own from jbrand.  The shoes are adorable, and the blue sweater is yummy.  Pretty sure you can get the sweatert in the Vince section, at bloomingdale’s.  Looks like a denim cashmere!  Love it.

The big black wrap…….well, now you know what to do with yours!  Everyone has it in their closet, so let’s break it out for fall. Don’t forget to sport a pair of black shades, and that cute little stocking cap.

















If you have a troubled past, an old ripped up jean skirt, a cashmere sweater left over from your last walk of shame, and some fishnet stockings (possibly left over from that same night), mix em all together and “et viola!”  You’re Punked out.

I know I had those biker boots in the eighties……now where did I put them…….?

It’s always important to remember;  Punk makeup and Goth makeup are entirely two different looks. The application of them varies tremendously.


































Punk doesn’t have to be so severe.  If you are a grown up Punk, you can just mix up some of your old favorite vintage pieces, and pull them all together for a chic, punked up look.

This fashionista is wearing her boyfriends JCrew striped chunky sweater, an old Naeem Khan skirt, a pair of Betsey Johnson chunky fabric sandals, and she carries a summer striped tote bag from Etsy.com.  Easy style.  Add a couple of Gold Metal cuffs and she is all set.


Don’t forget to always take your little dog Bruno with you.  He loves chunky fashion accessories like this cute little collar!  Do you see how some Punk makeup looks like Goth?  Huh, what’s that about????


Now I am confused………….



You know what?????? If you have a biker jacket, wear it out to a Punk bar one night and then when you wake up in it the next morning………go take a look in the mirror…..

Now you’ve got it…….you have put some Spunk in your PUNK!

See you next week………..Joyce



I see a pattern here………….


Who doesn’t love a bouquet of flowers smack dab in the middle of their head?

And Peonies! My absolute favorite.

But, if you don’t fancy wearing them on your head, and hate to see them wither away in a vase…..well, why not pick up something floral to wear the next time you are out shopping?

Or maybe there is something already waiting in your closet?

Mixing patterns is so easy.  I fell in love with this concept while working at Neiman Marcus in Chicago from 2002-2006

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As the designer manager there, I was informed that we were going to get a new vendor known as “Etro”……….and my obsession became this amazing line!

I bought my first Etro jacket in 2004, and then my staff  gave me a gorgeous Etro scarf as a Holiday gift.

I’ll never forget my first trip to Dallas for the Neiman Marcus conclave.  Amazing gifts were waiting for you when you arrived from every vendor!   It was the highlight of the year.  My favorite gift was a yummy Etro towel with swirls, stripes, and flowers everywhere.  It became my travel blanket for years.

Ah, those were the days……Indeed!  But alas, it wasn’t all gifts and fun.

There was a price to pay back then.  Running a 15 million dollar department with the avenue’s REAL and “one of a kind” shop girls, was not a walk in the park by any means! And let’s face it…….I’m no Meryl Streep, even though I had my share of Prada back then.

But it sure did give me the training ground (or should I call it playground) for my last, final, and favorite job ever…..becoming a Personal Shopper at Bloomingdale’s.

Now……what was I talking about???? Oh yes, Etro!



How about this for mixing floral and stripes?  Love the hibiscus sunglasses!




Usually, I don’t like matchy-matchy, but here the handbag and shoes look just perfect with her floral and stripes.

Love the boyfriend jeans too!







Just love this look!

The coach bag is so classic.

Add a Toy watch and a vintage turquoise bracelet and you are set!






I love this girl.  She is adorable.

Her hair is perfect, and the belt really brings the two patterns together.

The sweet little shoes just work so well with the color of the flowers in the shirt.





This is a perfect little clutch to wear with jeans and just a little white t-shirt.  Or wear it with a gorgeous, fuscia dress, and some big girl shoes.

So cute!





Love this whole get up!

The headband and the earrings, the blouse and the shorts, and what about the amazing, whimsical satchel and the fabulous sandals?

Totally a great head to toe look.  Those high waisted shorts are classic and a trend all at the same time.











And finally……….my real obsession now that we are retired…..decorating!



















Hope you got a little inspired today, whether decorating or getting dressed for special occasion!  Have fun, be safe, and see you next week!



Celebrate your Independence…………American style

Up at the crack of dawn, today is July 4th, 2013. 101_5569Every year for the past twenty, my husband Mark and I have been traveling from Chicago to Chetek Wisconsin, to enjoy peaceful relaxation among family, and through the years, a collection of lifetime friends.

It’s six hours away, and most people we know wonder why in the world we would travel that far for one or two weeks every summer.  We had family that did the same thing for 20 years back then, and we just joined in on the fun. We never thought twice about it.

Besides, I like road trips, and traveling with my husband is enjoyable.  Our first sign that tells us all is right with the world, or at least with Chetek is this one: 101_5588 About ten years ago, we decided to buy a little log cabin on the lake.  I felt like it was time for us to set some roots here.   When we took our first walk through with the realtor and our friends, Betty and Jim, they called it a “Diamond in the Rough.”  It was pretty beat up!  But luckily, we were all in agreement that Mark and I should take the plunge and invest in our second home.

The view right here is what sold us.  We knew we could fix up the outside and inside, and we did.  But the view would never need any renovation.  Just sit back and watch the boaters, skiers and the sunset every night like clockwork right before your eyes. 101_5653

Thus began our annual July 4th barbecue, on one of the six lakes known as “Prairie Lake”.

Guests come by cars, motorcylces bicycles and my favorite mode of transport that the Skozeks use………….101_5598

Chetek is a small town surrounded by six lakes.  We are on Prairie lake.  A great fishing town and everything……I mean EVERYTHING revolves around Fourth of July!  I rode my bike to town this morning and brought along my camera. My bike is an old Higgins and rides like a dream.  My sister Pam gave it to me as a housewarming gift, basket and all.  Said it belonged here in Chetek.  I agree! 101_5565 On July 3rd, the whole town begins setting up their chairs for the annual parade that kicks off at noon sharp on the 4th. It is really hard to believe, but this is what you see 24 hours before the Parade even begins!  101_5581

When I returned, my neighbors Denise and her daughter Zoe stopped by to show me Zoe’s new swimsuit.  Here is another example of what Americana looks like to me.


How much more Patriotic can you get??????? Adorable!

My husband Mark loves to cook. Everyone knows that.  He spent 3 days preparing and made the menu simple, but fantastic.  Beef tenderloin, two kinds of Chicken Wings, one spicy and one not, Macaroni and Cheese, Corn on the cob and his mother Charlotte made her awesome Cole Slaw.   It was delicious!


-The Chicken wings were a hit but let’s face it……..

Take a look at this beef tenderloin………


It was gone in about 3 minutes.

Everyone ate and, wow, what a great day!  The weather was awesome!

Luckily the youngest three children, William, Ethan, and Andrew ate things like, mother’s milk and Cheetos, which was okey dokey with the two dads in the family.  More for them!

It is all about the celebration of Americana with people we love and cherish.


If I had Grandkids, they would look just like these kids here.  Cute as could be, and happy to play with rocks, climb through a hole in the fence, and let me nibble on their ears. (Whether they want it or not, I usually get in a little nibble!)

Little J was my helper pretty much most of the day.  It got a bit warm and we decided that perhaps some water would be a good idea. I think I opted for another beer. 101_5614

I soon discovered that she was motivated to get everything moving so we could set up the annual ice cream station at the window!

So………time for dessert!

As you can see, Alex got the first ice cream cone.


The guests got in line, and we served up Chocolate and Vanilla ice cream, with cake or sugar cones.

But the best treat was the home made Brownies and Apple Pie, that guests Julie and Tracey brought.  Some clever people had their cake……and their ice cream too!

Little J and I worked hard at the window filling many orders.  It was great to be back at the ice cream stand with my best pal! 20130704_170748

From 6 months old to 86 years old……..a good time was had by all!


And at the end of the day……….the proof is right here!


I hope you enjoyed the trip to Chetek this Fourth of July.  I know that Mark and I did!

See you Monday!